Director: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson
With a stunning line up and one of the best directors of our time, The Prestige was always going to be a fascinating job. It’s one of the Nolan films that everyone should be talking about but isn’t. Yes, we love the Dark Knight, yes, we love Inception, but I kid you not, you should love The Prestige too.
Set in London in the 1890’s, this British-American mystery thriller follows Robert Angier (Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Bale) on a very sinful journey of revenge, power, destruction and obsession. Angier’s wife is killed after a magic trick went wrong and puts the blame on Borden. In an attempt at revenge, both magicians sacrifice everything to pull off the ultimate illusion.
What grabs your attention is how certain magic tricks are pulled off. The film isn’t filled with many that’ll bore you, it’s more of a “less is more” kind of vibe. With the main ones showcased, you stand in the shoes of each magician trying to figure out how it was done, and it will drive you crazy trying to figure it out before the grand reveal. But the story keeps you engaged so you’re not too hooked up on wanting the film to end to find out the truth between what is a trick and what is science.
Adding to the star-studded line up, there are brilliant performances from Michael Caine, Piper Perabo, Andy Serkis, Rebecca Hall and not to mention the late David Bowie as the infamous Nikola Tesla. I expect nothing less when it comes to Christopher Nolan.
Dark with a nonlinear puzzle of illusion and cleverly executed with a grand awesome twist, The Prestige still holds up well on its own today.